Well, it’s that time again.  Time for the bi-annual Arkansas Anime Festival.  I’ve been doing magic shows there for the couple of years and I love it.  The audiences there are freaking amazing.  The most non-judgy, welcoming, and open minded crowd of young adults ever.  In the past, I’ve just done my show, with a few special pieces thrown in, but now, I realize that that was a mistake.  Don’t get me wrong, it went over well, I’m just saying I’ve really missed some opportunities.

What opportunities you ask?

Well, while discussing last fall’s shows with my wife, I was struck with epiphany.  This is not like other venues.  These are not like other audiences.  They’re so much more open to different and non-normal things.  This show, I reasoned, was the perfect place (maybe the only place) to do some of the tricks that I love the most but can’t do in a normal show because they are… well… a little weird.

Isn’t all magic weird, Mr. Putsapenupyournose?

First off, there’s no need for name-calling, and second off, yes, it is.  But, these tricks I’m talking about are especially weird.  I’m going to be reading minds, conjuring spirits, bringing together chance and destiny, telling stories about the Norse gods, and recounting the story of the birth and death and rebirth of the universe. If regular magic tricks are a picture book, these tricks are poetry.

Not your normal kid’s birthday party.

I’m a little nervous because I’ve never done some of this stuff for a live audience before and I’m not sure how some of it will play with the crowd.  But, I chose pieces that I love deeply, pieces that I’ve always wanted to do.  I hope that passion shows and will help the audience care a little about them too.

So if you’re there, come see it.  It’s a chance to see tricks that you’ll NEVER see on a TV magic show, and probably never see in a real life one either.

And if you’re not there, hopefully there will be some video of the whole thing I an post here next week.

Wish me luck!


Kreativ Blogger Award

March 14, 2012

Check it out, lestwentytwo ( http://lestwentytwo.wordpress.com/ ) nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger Award.  Check my other blog for the full post ericsmargins.wordpress.com


It’s been a while since I posted last.  But that is kind of good news because I’ve been so busy.  Working my day job then doing magic shows has become quite time consuming and very rewarding (the magic show part anyway).  I’ve got my weekly gig at the restaurant and I have shows booked every weekend for the next month.  It’s really exciting.  So, finally, magic is becoming a job for me.

A strange thing happens when your hobby becomes your job.  When you go from doing a thing just because you love it, to doing a thing just because it’s Tuesday at 5:30.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have a passion for magic, and even though it really feels more like work now than a relaxing pastime, it’s the greatest job I could hope for and I love every minute of it.  I am extremely lucky to be able to get paid for the thing I love to do most in the world.  Nevertheless, it is a job now.  It’s work.  There is a void in my life where my magic hobby used to be.  I believe that everyone needs a hobby of some kind.  Something that you can do just because you love it.  A thing you do mainly for yourself in the quite times, to relax between the stuff you have to do.

That brings me to a week and a half ago.  I was going through some old stuff in my office and I came across some old notebooks from college.  Flipping through revealed not only class notes, but also a lot of little doodles and drawings in the margins.  I’ve always liked to draw and even had a comic strip in my college paper for a few years, but I had put this activity on hold to focus on magic.  So now, here I was, needing a new hobby, and this stuff pops up and reminds me that I’ve had another hobby all along.

So, just for fun, I’ve started a separate blog where I’m going to put my little drawings.  In honor of those margin drawings that started it all, I’ve called it Eric’s Margins.  It’s just a little fun little thing to do when I need a break from my amazingly awesome and unbelievable job of magician (I still can’t believe I’m doing this for a job!).

I’m planning on posting more here in the upcoming weeks as I get more used to my new schedule.  I’ll be talking about my shows, practice, rehearsal, and even stage fright.  Also my wife and I are planning on moving in the next few months so when we do, there will be a whole new city to spread my magic to!  I also really want to do more videos, so that’s on the list too.  So many things!  I’m excited about all of it.  Thank you all for following along!